LOST and Trust

It took us about a year, but my wife and I finished the LOST series last night. Late to the game, I know. We borrowed the DVDs from friends last year and started pounding through. It was an exhilarating ride and one that I’m sure we’ll revisit (by re-watching) sometime in the future.

One of the things my wife and I enjoyed about the show was that it caused us to think. Modern Family is great, but LOST had us talking about the characters, plot developments, and “what ifs” when we weren’t watching the show. While there are countless things that I can write about after finishing such an exceptional show, one thing stands out–a reoccuring phrase and theme that kept coming out in the show’s dialogue:

TRUST.

Whether it was Jack, Locke, Ben, Jacob, the Man in Black, that word kept circling back around.

“I give you my word.” – Ben

“…If there’s one person on this island I would put my absolute faith in to save us all it would be John Locke.” – Charlie

“I don’t trust myself. How am I supposed to trust you?” – Jack

Just a few of the numerous examples.

These people had to trust one another. They also didn’t know who to trust, and had to put their faith in many things that that weren’t clear and presented further questions.

My faith in God sometimes looks similar.

I may not “see the big picture”. I may not understand what is happening around me. I may not know which direction to take.

Circumstances change. Life’s paths get re-routed. Modifications happen all the time.

I am grateful that, in spite of those things, we have a Father is sovereign and steadfast.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

He is faithful. That will not change. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
He is holy. That will not change. (Isaiah 6:1-3)
He is eternal. That will not change. (Revelation 1:8)

So, I today will chose to trust in the One who is forever constant.

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How can you celebrate the unchanging nature of God today?
Who was your favorite character on LOST? Why?

39 Comments

  • Jason Vana

    July 25, 2011

    I love LOST! I started watching it in the last season, and was hooked. Spent the next few months watching all the episodes and the season 6 episodes again. Great story.

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      Yeah, we just finished last night and already talked about re-watching it again. :)

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  • Tony Alicea

    July 25, 2011

    Interestingly enough, the only episode I ever watched of Lost was the series finale. A bunch of my friends got together and I got invited. I was almost kicked out when they found out I had never watched an episode before!

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    • Moe

      July 25, 2011

      I would have duct taped you to a chair and have you watch all seasons in one sitting.

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      How about this? I watched every episode of season one except the finale…. it was right before my wife and I got married and couldn’t find the time. Didn’t watch any of the other seasons until we watched it on DVD. :)

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  • Moe

    July 25, 2011

    Man, I loved me some lost. I downloaded all seasons on my Apple TV. Watched in 6 months. :)

    I’m so glad that God never changes, or wavers or is less faithful. Even when we are not, He’s so…. faithful. Gives me goosebumps. How do I celebrate that? By celebrating the way I always do… I do the worm!!! :)

    As for my favorite character. I would say Vincent. He knew what was going on all along. Even when the plane crashed.

    *please tell me you know who Vincent is. (no googling).

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      NICE!

      Vincent? Bleh!

      My favs were Sayid and Eko. :)

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  • Loren Pinilis

    July 25, 2011

    I got so frustrated with Lost. I guess I’m just too male – I needed resolution :)
    Your thoughts about trust were spot on. I often want to trust based on what I can see based on who I’m trusting.

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      Yeah… even though they did answer some questions those last few episodes…. throughout the series it was almost like, “okay, we’ll answer one question, but give you five more!”

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  • Keri

    July 25, 2011

    Niiiiiiice pop parable! :) Unfortunately, I have never watched an episode of Lost. :( We were living in Europe when it started, and when we came back it was 3 seasons in. I NEEEEEEEED to watch it! The cool thing about watching a series in its entirety or even reading a short book in a really condensed amount of time is that you are more apt to grasp the deeper meaning. Even better, re-reading or re-watching after you know the plot frees your mind to search for the significant things.

    I’ve been celebrating Him in worship today-my fav way! :)

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      Worship FTW!

      You should watch it. It was awesome being able to watch 2-3 episodes back to back and not wait a week to watch a single episode. I think we took in so much more…

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  • Jon

    July 25, 2011

    I can celebrate God’s unchanging nature by embracing and acknowledging it i.e. living out those things I believe. If God is always faithful then I want to live in a way that shows that.

    My favorite character is Jack. I just loved watching his journey and transformation in the show.

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      How can you not like Jack? The entire series my wife was saying, “Please just let Jack and Kate get together.” :)

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  • Joseph

    July 25, 2011

    I watched several of the episodes but I haven’t seen them all. My wife loved the show and watched it every time. It was an interesting show to say the least.

    We’re almost stupid for mot trusting God. Let me explain. How can you not trust a God who created you, the earth, and the Universe? H.e knows what’s best for us and promises us to keep us safe, love us, protect us. But we seem to run the other way so many times. Why is that?

    The thing is, when I say “we” it most certainly counts me! So why do I run the other way when the ONE who holds it all in his hands is a prayer away?

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      That is so true, Joseph — especially someone who knows us so intimately. Thanks for the comment.

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  • arny

    July 25, 2011

    Ok…please don’t mob me guys….

    I’ve never seen an episode!

    In my defense…i’ve tried to get my wife to watch it…cause it does seem kinda interesting…

    I see God’s trust in everything….especially nature…The Heaven’s declare the Glory of God!

    and in my kids’ faces…always…

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    • Dustin

      July 25, 2011

      You’re brave, Arny. You’re going to get mobbed!! :)

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    • Moe

      July 25, 2011

      Removing Arny from my RSS feeds in 3, 2, 1…. :) kidding!

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      • arny

        July 26, 2011

        Man…i ain’t doin so good…

        first, i’m scared of the iphone…

        now I don’t watch lost…

        i know I’m walking on thin ice guys….LOL

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  • Cindy Holman

    July 25, 2011

    I have never seen lost – but I understand you have to watch it from the very beginning or you’re…lost :) Haha! Great thoughts Dustin – totally agree.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    July 25, 2011

    I have never watched an episode of LOST and have no plans too. Sorry I must have this big “L” on my forehead? :) I celebrate God’s unchanging nature! To know He is always the same always blows me away. Good thoughts Dustin (even though I have never seen LOST).

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      “L” stands for LOST? Or….. :)

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  • Jim F

    July 25, 2011

    Loved Lost – hated the finale. Favorite Character was Locke.

    I love the freedom and sense of security that comes in knowing that God does not change. I am with Bill – it blows me away!

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      Locke was one of those guys I loved to hate. He was so good at that character. :)

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  • Rob Shepherd

    July 25, 2011

    I liked Hurley a lot. Loved lost! Great post!

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      Ah, Hurley drove me mad…. but he got better at the end (for me, personally) :)

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  • Alex Humphrey

    July 25, 2011

    Never watched Lost, but I enjoyed the post anyway! lol.

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      Ahhh…. you gotta start. All seasons are on Netflix!

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  • rachelle

    July 25, 2011

    I laughed. I cried. I talked to the t.v. and would discuss the show as if I knew these people in real life. I still can’t believe this show was such a big deal to my family. It’s hilarious to look back on. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      “talked to the TV” – LOL

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  • kristinherdy

    July 25, 2011

    Lost captivated me for three seasons, then I got frustrated with the lack of answers. Now that they are all out on DVD, I will probably have to go back and watch.

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      I was okay with the questions, but I know exactly what you mean! With one answer came five more questions!

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  • Adam

    July 26, 2011

    To serve a God that never changes his ways and feeling about me even when I screw up is almost mind blowing.

    I watched the season finale, but have not seen any other episodes though. I know… Loser!

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      You are one of “those” people! :)

      Serve an unchanging God is huge. Thanks for the thoughts Adam!

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  • Danyen

    July 26, 2011

    I just finished teaching an apologetics class based on William Lane Craig’s work, using the book On Guard. Writing and teaching the class gave me the opportunity to just marinate in God’s character as revealed through nature, ourselves, and scripture. I kept coming back to the name YHWH, in the class and in my meditations. When asked what God may be called, He replied YHWH, or “I am.” He spoke then, and through scripture speaks to us, of His eternal and unchanging quality. he says “I am that which is. I am the one that exists. Above all else, I am.” The writers of Hebrew poetry understood this, calling God their rock, their fortress. If there is one thing we can put our trust in, anything at all, it is God. He is our rock. He is our fortress. He is.

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    • Dustin

      July 26, 2011

      “He is.” Two words, so powerful and true. Thanks Danyen, I appreciate the comment!

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  • Ally Garner

    July 26, 2011

    I was one of those LOST fanatics from the very beginning and miss that show a lot. One of the better ones ever produced imo. I wonder how different our experiences with the show were. Part of the intensity for me was the waiting each week for a new episode, all the LOST sites with hidden info & discussion about themes, and the anticipation every six months for a new season.It was a fun show to follow for sure.

    LOST is a great pop culture show to discuss for Christians because of the endless good vs evil themes and biblical references that were purposefully intertwined into storylines. I love how you work in the theme of trust to the show. For me, the show was a constant reminder of how putting our faith in fallible men (and women) is futile without a relationship with God. LOST had so many leaders in God-like positions, and all of them failed. As Christians we understand why.

    My favorite characters were Sawyer because Josh Holloway (who played Sawyer) went to UGA. Go Dawgs!! By the way, did you catch the episode in the last season where Hurley wore Josh’s old UGA hoodie? Nice. Ultimate fave character was Hurley. Dude was just cool and his blog while living in Hawaii playing that role was so fun to follow http://dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com/

    Great post Dustin!!

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    • Dustin

      July 27, 2011

      Great comment, Ally. Didn’t know that “Sawyer” went to UGA. I knew I always like him. :)

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